It is estimated that there are 1.2 million physicians of Indian Origin working in many countries of the world apart from India. There are 125,500 Physicians of Indian Origin working in the English speaking Western world (USA, UK, Australia and Canada combined), with the major constituent being from USA and UK. Between 10-30% of the physicians working in USA, UK, Canada and Australia have their roots in India. There are also significant number of Indian Physicians working in Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.
This substantial workforce of physicians is a valuable resource, which can help mobilize significant developments in the health field globally. This strong Diaspora of Indian doctors who are highly respected and powerful, need a common professional platform. There is a need for greater visibility and cohesion of these physicians. Their combined intellectual and technical strength can also be vital force in the development of the Indian healthcare sector.
Physicians of Indian origin from around the world, gathered at Clearwater, Florida for the 7th midyear conference of the Global Association of Physicians of Indian Origin held on 29th and 30th July 2017. It was organized by GAPIO in collaboration with the American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM).
Conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mr. Nagesh Singh, Consul General of India for the south-eastern region. He spoke about U.S.-India relations and role of Indian doctors in healthcare delivery in USA and across the globe in his speech.
More than 200 physicians, academicians, and researchers came from United States, Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Africa and Middle East, as well as India. Dr. Ramesh Mehta said GAPIO has members from 34 countries and represents some 1.2 million physicians of Indian origin around the world. “We owe it to our motherland, India”.
Two days of intensive sessions were held, and experts discussed the highest standards and recent advances in global health care. These physicians represented a diversified group of specialists and major focus was on addressing recent advances and breakthroughs in the field of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and stroke, oncology, renal transplant, robotic surgery, maternal and infant health, emerging healthcare challenges, leadership development and ethics.
Delegates travelled long distances to help GAPIO achieve its objectives. Faculty have put in great effort in putting up an impressive scientific content. Impressive feedback has been received from delegates who have appreciated the scientific content of the sessions.
Chief Guest Mr. Nagesh Singh (centre) India’s Consul General for the southeastern region with Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President GAPIO (2nd from right),
Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President (extreme right), Mr. Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor, GAPIO (2nd from left) and Dr. Neelam Mohan (extreme left).
Chief Guest Mr. Nagesh Singh with Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President, GAPIO (extreme right) and Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Joint Secretary, GAPIO (extreme left).
Members of Executive Committee with other special invitees
(Left to Right) Dr. Naresh Parikh, President Elect - AAPI, Dr. Sanku Rao, Past President - GAPIO, Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President - GAPIO,
Dr. Ramesh Mehta, President - GAPIO, Dr. Gautam Samadder, President - APPI, Dr. Bipin Batra, Executive Director - NBE,
Dr. Neelam Mohan, Mr. Neal Simon, President & Founder - American University of Antigua College of Medicine,
Mr. Anwar Feroz, Honorary Advisor - GAPIO, Dr. Om Ganda, EC member - GAPIO
Dr. Anupam Sibal, Vice President GAPIO addressing the delegates during General Body Meeting.
VII Annual GAPIO conference was successfully concluded on 7th and 8th January 2017 at Hyderabad.
The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Kamineni Srinivas, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh along with Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group and Founder President of GAPIO, outgoing President of GAPIO Dr. Sanku Rao, New President of GAPIO Dr. Ramesh Mehta, New Vice President of GAPIO Dr. Anupam Sibal, New Secretary General of GAPIO Nandakumar Jairam, New Joint Secretary of GAPIO Dr. Sudhir Parikh and New Treasurer of GAPIO Dr. Rohini Sridhar.
Dr. Sangita Reddy was the Chief Guest for the evening function along with other prominent dignitaries. “GAPIO World Healthcare Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year” was conferred to Dr. Nawab Shafi Ul Mulk of Global Hawk Telemedicine & Diagnostics from UAE. GAPIO awards were also presented in the evening function.
GAPIO Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Dr. A M Nisar Syed.
GAPIO Service Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Arvind Gupta, Dr. Nirmal Kumar and Dr. Sanku Rao.
GAPIO Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Loknath Shandilya and Dr. Prasad Rao Nimmagadda.
GAPIO Emerging Young Leaders Award was presented to Dr. Neeraj Bhala.
GAPIO Special Contribution Award was presented to outgoing President, Dr. Sanku Rao.
The conference was started with 3 pre-conference workshops i.e. Pediatric Basic Life Support at Rainbow Children’s Hospitals, Advanced Ultrasound Trauma & life Support Course (AUTLS), jointly by CARE / AIIMS – Delhi at CARE Hospitals and Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening at Tanvir Hospital on 6th January 2017.
The scientific programme of the main conference on 7th January had included sessions on Cardio Vascular Diseases, Metabolic Disorders, Brain Trauma – Kidney and Oncology. The sessions on 8th January 2017 were Rheumatology, Gastro Intestinal Disorders, Paediatrics, Robotic Surgery, Mental Health, Global Health Care, Emerging Healthcare Challenges. More than 300 delegates participated in the conference.
Please click on the link to download the report of “Pre-conference Workshop on Cervical Cancer and HPV vaccination”.
Budget Reactions on Indian Budget 1st February 2017, New Delhi India
The current budget is a step forward for improving the health care of society said, Dr Anupam Sibal Vice President of GAPIO but still more needs to be done. GAPIO wants overall increase in the budget to double of GDP. In a move to widen the availability of essential drugs across India, an Amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules has been proposed. This will ensure availability of medicines at reasonable prices and help people get access to life-saving medicines. New norms are also being formulated for the medical devices sector in order to encourage investments. 1. Two new AIIMS, 5,000 new PG medical seats and increase graduate seats in medical colleg